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LORNE BENSON

LORNE BENSON 1930 2012 Mr. Lorne Benson of Innisfail, Alberta passed away at the Rosefield Care Centre, Innisfail, Alberta on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the age of 81 years. At an early age Lorne was very involved in sports. His passion for sports lead him to be part of the CFL and played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Boom Boom Benson was the nickname he garnered while playing for the Bombers, and he still holds the CFL record for most touchdowns in a playoff game. Lorne is lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years Betty Benson as well as their five cherished children, Sherry Watson, Bonnie Dunn both of Innisfail, Alberta, Lori Davison of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Robert Benson of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Linda Carter of Eureka, California. Lorne's memory will be cherished by his 11 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren. Memorial donations in Lorne's honor may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories (ASANT), 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4K1. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.heartlandfuneralservices.com. Arrangements in care of Dustin Goddu, Funeral Director at HEARTLAND FUNERAL SERVICES LTD., 4415 49 Street, Innisfail. 403.227.0006

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on April 05, 2012

Guest Book(16 entries)

  • When I was a boy living at 635 Victor Street, Lorne and his family lived 2 doors down from us. He saw to it that I had pro hockey sticks in the winter and Bomber game balls to play with so I was one of the luckiest kids in Winnipeg, the envy of every kid on the block, and he was my hero. With his record 6 touchdowns in one game ,he was simply "magic". When he was tackled into the goal post and his career ended I was just devastated. Lorne, thank you for all the memories, you were one of the great ones for sure!!! sincerely, Tom Brunton, one of your greatest fans, sorry the memorial is so late I live in Ontario now and did not hear of your passing but be assured that this Victor Street rug rat thought the world of you.
    - Posted by: Tom Brunton (former neighbour on Victor Street inWinnipeg) on: Dec 21, 2013
  • Mom, Sherry and I thank you all for your kind words. Please feel free to contact mom at Benson4401@hotmail.com She will be so pleased to hear from you.
    - Posted by: Bonnie Dunn (nee Benson) (daughter) on: Apr 12, 2013
  • Just found out that Lorne had passed on and would so much like to hear from Betty if and when she feels interested. I have not seen Betty since probably the early '50's we worked together then at Western Canada Insurance Underwriters in Wpg. Certainly a lifetime ago. My sincere condolences to the Benson family and my thoughts are with you. Rose Barker...
    - Posted by: Rose Barker (Long time ago friend of Betty & Lorne) on: Apr 2, 2013
  • Dear Betty, Sherry, Bonnie, Lori, Bobby, and Linda. I was deeply saddened to hear of Lorne's passing almost a year ago. I have thought of you often in the many years since we lost touch and wondered where you were and how life was treating you. I cherish all the wonderful memories of enjoying the privilege of being a part of your life when Lorne played for the Bombers in the early 50's and Don and I babysat the children and Bonnie being our flowergirl when we were married. You were a big influence on my life. Please accept my sincere condolences. Audrey Schaefer
    - Posted by: Audrey Schaefer (Old friend and babysitter) on: Feb 28, 2013
  • I played softball for a few years on a team that Lorne coached and also in many softball and baseball games where he served as an umpire back in the mid 1980s. I'll always remember him for his sometimes brusque, always enthusiastic, blatantly honest, and often humorous character. He helped mould me in some very important ways at a time when I needed it most. Betty, my best to you and all the family. Lorne was one of a kind and I will miss him.
    - Posted by: Michael Bailey (Friend) on: Nov 10, 2012
  • My condolences to you and your family in your time of loss. I only met Lorne once back in the early fifties when he got dad ,my brother Leith and myself in to watch a game. We moved to Edmonton in 1954 and after a while lost touch with our relatives in Winnipeg. When my mom died in 2001 I found my grandfathers /(affi) Weston Benson birth certificate and decided to build a family tree. I have been trying for a number of years to locate your family, but with no luck.I just received my Icelandic newspaper today and to my surprise the article on Lorne's passing. If only I had known you were in Innisfail I would have surely contacted you sooner. Our families have a rich sporting history. Take care of youself Glenn Benson.
    - Posted by: Glenn Benson (Son of Harold Benson,Lorne's cousin.) on: May 3, 2012
  • Aunty Betty and family... Lil and I are very sorry to hear of Uncle Lorne's passing... He was a very unique individual... a man with many hats... Most people know of his sports life.... I remember working around the flower shop and delivering flowers in roaring snow storms.... working taking pictures and typing the bowling newspaper to 3 and 4 in the morning and then going to work 4 hours later... I remember building a cabin with him using a chain saw, old storm windows and sticking the stove pipes out the window. He always did play by his own rules....lol Just thinking if someone ever wrote a book about Uncle Lorne's escapades...lol What would it be called???May be "Betty's Wild Ride"... Our love to you all Lil and Jim
    - Posted by: Lilian & Jim Lane (Nephew) on: Apr 13, 2012
  • Glen and I wish to convey our condolences on the loss of Lorne Benson. Lorne was one of life's most memorable characters. He could be brusque and kind at the same time. He was so good natured and never without an opinion. He loved a good laugh and was just fun to be around. He was an exciting man with a big heart. It seems very odd to know Lorne Benson is no longer of this earth. But, he is in our mind forever. We are so sorry for your loss. Sharon and Glen
    - Posted by: Sharon and Glen Torgerson (cousin) on: Apr 12, 2012
  • I was just a 12 year old kid when I watched Boom Boom score six touchdowns against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1953. It was, as I recall, the first game of a two-game-total-point semifinal. Riders won the second game by a small margin but the Bombers went to the finals against Edmonton, thanks to that great Canadian fullback Lorne Benson.
    - Posted by: Charles Phelan (Just an admiring fan.) on: Apr 10, 2012
  • How I will always remember him: My Uncle Lorne was a very intense individual with a huge heart. He had an appetite for competition and organized sports. I had the honor of playing golf with him a couple of times and never forget the look in his eyes as he pounded the poor little golf ball into oblivion. I never saw such focus and intensity in one person. He absolutely crushed the poor little ball. We had a blast. He was a courageous and accomplished individual whose life was lived to it’s fullest. He loved to laugh and I’m very fortunate to have had some time with him. He left behind many good memories for me to enjoy. My wish is for all to be at peace during this time of loss. Love, Edd Benson
    - Posted by: Edd Benson (Nephew) on: Apr 8, 2012
  • My Uncle was an intimdating individual with hands the size of an 8ft Brown Bea; yet he was very approchable, likeable and lovable. (personally, I just looked right past his physical being and always went right to his core) One day I asked him what he thought about Jesus. He leaned over and spoke very softly while looking at me with great intent, and said this. (Not verbatim, and to the best of my recollection); Lorne said: I beleive in God and what Jesus did, no doubt about it; but it is a very personal thing. I keep it close to my heart. Not very many know this about me. It's just a very personal thing; but I really believe. What an honor to have Lorne Benson as my Uncle. Peace be with the family in these and all times. Love, Ken Benson
    - Posted by: Ken Benson (Nephew) on: Apr 7, 2012
  • I had the good fortune to be throwing third rocks for Lorne when he skipped his team to an eight ender at the old Strathcona Curling Club. We had scored two in the first and four in the second, they got one in the third, so now we were in the forth with the hammer and hungry for more. They elected to fill up the front of the house with guards, so we filled the twelve foot with granite. As for as i recall neither team missed a shot and with only one rock remaining to each skip we found our selfs lying seven behind a wall of their stones. Their skip with no option for shot rock decided on what looked like a nearly impossible shot. He had to negotiate two ports with an out turn , slipping through the first, then turn five or six inches to maneuver into the second, then pass one of our rocks on the twelve foot to half bury and fill the four foot for second shot. We watched his delivery to follow the rock step by step, mean while I said a little prayer that he would wreck on one of the many guards Some one had better contacts cause i never received my prayer but witnessed a Miracle shot, and any way every one knows your not supposed to wish bad things on your opponent. Wow we were in deep shit. Lorne could follow that same route but required a smidgen more than hack weight to steer their rock at a forty degree angle passed our shot and through a port a the back of the twelve foot. This would require passing the guard with a straight razor in hand, the weight had to be machinist perfect. We talked for a while, Lorne looked at me with that determination of his and said "I can make that shot, no problem" he took little or no time at all , went to the hack and delivered. My broom red hot from sweeping their rock through the port at the back of the house was suddenly launched into the air |a real no no at the Strathcona| as i looked up the smile on Lornes face is something i have never forgotten. To this day that was the greatest shot i have ever seen in curling. Glenn Howard step aside for BOOM BOOM I was just eighteen a the time Lorne was thirty four. He took me under his wing and gave me the opportunities to go places and meet people that would leave me in awe. He showed me as a young kid a world that would broaden my perspectives on life and open up new horizons. He taught me that if you wanted a dream "to go get it " It was a huge Privilege and Honor to know and get to spend some time with "The Great Lorne Boom Boom Benson" From my heart i would like to extend my condolences to Betty and family Dwight James Watson Mexico
    - Posted by: Dwight James Watson (FReind) on: Apr 6, 2012
  • Hi Betty; Dont know if you remember me, my name is Gordon |Sparkes. I met you in the flower shop a few times back when Lorne was curling and in the meat business with Dwight Watson. Dwight is retired now and living in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. We travel down there every year and have Christmas with him. We generally talk of the old times and he always asked me if I had ever heard of Lorne where he was or if he was still living. Two years ago when I returned home I phoned Jack Matheson and asked him if he knew where Boom Boom was but he didn't know anymore than we did, that you guys had moved out to Vancouver Island. Lorne was a big influence on both our lives and would have been nice to speak with him before his passing. Will always remember you both, thank you!
    - Posted by: Gordon Sparkes on: Apr 5, 2012
  • Sorry to hear Bobby Prayers for the family
    - Posted by: Rose Brock (Friend) on: Apr 5, 2012
  • Boom Boom Benson was inducted into the MB Sports Hall of Fame with the Molson Canadians team but he was an amazing all round athlete who excelled in football, baseball, fastpitch and hockey. He will be missed.
    - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (MB Sports Hall of Fame) on: Apr 5, 2012
  • Was a very fine person and was very successful in all sports Pitched a no hitter in baseball, skipped a 8 ender at curling, was offered a contract with Washington Sens in American League as well as St. louis Cards as well as Det. Lions football. Played hockey with Wpg Maroons
    - Posted by: marvih benson (brother) on: Apr 5, 2012

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